PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Police say a Saskatchewan girl abducted from a playground last week was dropped off in a wooded area outside the city of Prince Albert.Insp. Jason Stonechild says the eight-year-old girl walked from the woods to a nearby farm where the owner called police.“RCMP officers and members from our service immediately attended to this farmyard where officers were able to confirm that we had located our subject of the Amber Alert,” Stonechild said Wednesday. “The victim was immediately taken to Victoria Hospital by our members for proper assessment.”He says a canine unit followed the girl’s footsteps back to the woods to figure out where she had been abandoned. He wouldn’t say how far of a walk it was to the farm or how long the girl had been on her own.An Amber Alert was issued July 4 after the girl disappeared from a Prince Albert school playground.Police said the girl was playing by herself when a man entered the park. He was seen on video, obtained from the school, hanging around for about 15 minutes until the child left and he followed.Police said he was seen talking to the girl against a school wall, then grabbed her and put her into the back seat of his car. He then climbed into the front and drove away.She was found several hours later.While police were at the farmyard, they received a call from a business in Prince Albert saying they had someone matching the suspect’s description, Stonechild said.Officers immediately went to the business, which Stonechild wouldn’t identify, and arrested the suspect without incident.Jared John Charles, who is 19 and who has also been identified as Jarrod Charles, is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault and abandoning a child.Public assistance following the police department’s first Amber Alert was incredible and vital to the safe return of the girl, Stonechild said. People drove around looking for the girl and the suspect’s vehicle, he said.“The response from the public was outstanding and it was immediate,” he said. “The investigation now continues.”The girl’s mother has said what happened to her daughter shows it could happen to anyone. She said the girl was in the care of her grandmother, who had stepped away for a few minutes to get a bottle of water.The girl was well-educated about kidnapping, her mother said.“We have to remember that this was a rare and unfortunate incident in a very safe community,” Prince Albert police Chief Troy Cooper said Wednesday.“The investigation to this point has been focusing on the actions of the suspected offender and not on the actions of the victim or the victim’s family.”The girl and her family are being supported by victims’ services, he said.“She’s an intelligent and happy young girl and we’re fortunate to see she’s with her family.”— By Chinta Puxley in Edmonton
Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsThis week marks the return of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg.The event aims to unite nations from Canada and around the world to celebrate the best of Indigenous culture, music, and arts.The festival kicked off with a grand entry and the lighting of the sacred fire, which burns throughout the five day event.(Grand Entry – David Dandeneau and Eagle Staff Carrier Brent Thompson. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)“It shows the positive aspects of Indigenous culture,” says David Dandeneau, Chair of the Board of Governors for Manito Ahbee.“We see too much negative aspects in the media and I think it’s important that the general population know that’s only a small part of what we see.”Dandeneau says he’s excited to take part in all the events, but one of the highlights of the festival is hearing the different types of music at the Indigenous Music Awards.“According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s probably the most important music award show in North America. I think we can be proud of that.”Along with the Indigenous awards, Manito Ahbee will host a square dance exhibition, a jigging competition, and an Indigenous art expo.For more information check out: email@example.com@ashleybrandson
Washington – US Department of State highlighted, on Wednesday, guarantees laid down in the Moroccan constitution in terms of religious freedom, as well as efforts made by Rabat and Washington to promote tolerance as part of the Strategic Dialogue.“The constitution guarantees the freedom of thought and practice of one’s religious affairs,” wrote the International Religious Freedom Report for 2014, by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.The report recalled that in May “King Mohammed VI broke ground on a new royal regional imam training institute as part of a royal initiative to promote openness and tolerance among the new generation of male and female spiritual guides.” It underlined that “Jewish citizens attended services at synagogues and lived in safety throughout the country,” adding that the government allows foreign Christian communities to attend worship services in approved places.“The U.S. government promoted religious tolerance in the bilateral strategic dialogue,” it said, adding that “the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs led a working group that discussed interfaith dialogue and youth.The working group sponsored a joint international conference on women in monotheistic religions held in Rabat in November.”
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws could be abused by governments to stay in power.The two leaders were speaking after talks Tuesday aimed at resolving territorial disputes that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May.Lee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news.The bill unveiled last week includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. Rights groups have voiced fears it could stifle free speech, but Lee said their objective is “to continue to do things that will work for Singapore.”The Associated Press
The police said that 6 women were among those injured in the accident. One person was killed and 12 others injured following an accident on the A9 highway in Omanthai last evening, the police media unit said today.The accident involved a bus, a van and a tipper truck. A passenger bus had collided with the van coming on the opposite direction while the tipper truck had then rammed into the van from behind.In all 13 people were injured and admitted to the Vavuniya hospital but the driver of the van later succumbed to his injuries.
A new United Nations-supported programme will make it possible for more than 56,000 rural poor in Benin to gain access to financial services, technology and markets, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced.“This programme will benefit farmers by introducing post-harvest technologies like storage facilities that protect crops from insects and pests and by linking farmers to markets through training programmes to improve the quality of products,” said Lennart Bage, IFAD President, at the signing event on Friday in Rome in which the Benin agricultural minister, Fatiou Akplogan, also participated.Farmers will also learn to market their products at trade fairs, set up shops and process products so they increase in value, Mr. Bage said.A major focus of the programme will be to increase access to savings and credit through the consolidation and expansion of 200 village banks called Financial Services Associations. A network of these associations will be expanded to include about 100,000 shareholders by the end of 2010.Special attention will be paid to women and young people who have particularly limited access to land, financial services, information and training. IFAD said it has seen from previous programmes that women are often more active than men in starting new businesses, and they pay back loans sooner than men. The $14.8 million Rural Development Support Programme will be financed by a $10 million IFAD loan. So far, IFAD has participated in financing 9 loans to Benin for a total investment of $226.35 million, it said.
Researchers analysed data of over 4,000 students in England and Wales which included the students’ genotype, their family socio-economic status, academic ability and achievement at 11, school type and GCSE results. Grammar schools have virtually no effect because genetics determine academic success, a King’s College London (KCL) study has found.Researchers examined the genetic differences between students who attend selective and non-selective schools, then analysed their GCSE results.They found that children who attend grammar or private schools are more likely to do well in exams – but this is largely down to their genes, rather than their school environment. The study, published in the journal npj Science of Learning, suggests that the type of school a child goes to has little impact on their academic achievement by the age of 16.Emily Smith-Woolley, the lead author of the paper, said: “Our study suggests that for educational achievement there appears to be little added benefit from attending selective schools. While schools are crucial for academic achievement, the type of school appears less so.”She added that teachers and schools should be more open to discussing the role of genetics in the classroom, and the effects it has on educational attainment. Professor Robert Plomin, another of the paper’s authors, said that genetics should be included in teacher training courses. Overall, three times as many students in the top 10 per cent of polygenic scores went to a selective school, compared to the bottom 10 per cent. Researchers examined GCSE results and found that students at selective schools scored around a grade higher across English, maths and science, than their peers in non-selective schools.But once factors that are involved in selection are taken into account – such as ability, previous academic achievement and socio-economic status – there was less than a 10th of a grade difference in results.In terms of polygenic scores, these only played a small part in the differences between exam grades.Researchers said it is too early to tell how much genetic factors have an impact on the difference between exam results in selective and non-selective schools.Previous research has shown that genetic differences between students account for over 50 per cent of differences in exam results.There are a vast array of factors – all of which are genetically influenced – that have an impact on exam performance, such as intelligence, personality, motivation, health and wellbeing. Selective schools are often more likely to be better resourced, attract better teachers, and place a heavier emphasis on extra-curricular activities Researchers analysed data of over 4,000 students in England and Wales Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ms Smith-Woolley, a researcher at KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said that even if selective schools have little impact on a pupil’s GCSE results, they may benefit children in other ways in the long-term.“Although school type appears to have little impact on achievement at GCSE, there are many reasons why parents may opt to send their children to selective schools,” she said.“Future research is needed to identify if school type makes a difference in other outcomes, such as university and career success.”Selective schools are often more likely to be better resourced, attract better teachers, and place a heavier emphasis on extra-curricular activities such as debating, drama and sports.Researchers measured each child’s “polygenic score”, which is calculated by analysing the genes linked to educational achievement.There are thousands of genetic variants that are linked to educational achievement that have a tiny effect individually, but when added together can have an impact on a student’s chances of doing well in exams, the study notes.The findings show that on average students in non-selective schools had lower polygenic scores for academic achievement compared to those in selective schools.
On the morning of September 14, His Excellency Fidel Mañé Ncogo, Delegate Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy (http://www.mmie.gob.gq), appearing on behalf of the Minister, opened the Second Meeting of National Coordinators of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). The meeting was held September 14-15 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.This meeting is a continuation of a first gathering held last June in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. The objective of these meetings is for African countries to find a common position before the next EITI Global Conference, to be held in Lima, Peru in February 2016. Participants will discuss ongoing developments in the EITI standard and the impact it is having on African countries to be compliant.The EITI member countries participating in the meeting are: Congo, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone. Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are attending observers. All African members of the EITI Board are attending the meeting.Cesar Augusto Hinestrosa Gomez, EITI Director General, said: “That all countries have selected Equatorial Guinea to host this important meeting reinforces our commitment to become a member of EITI.”The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is an international organisation that manages financial transparency and improved governance in extractive industries such as mining and oil and gas. Equatorial Guinea is currently applying to join EITI.
← Previous Story Clara Woltering with “part-time” job in Podgorica! Next Story → Frank Loke misses the start of the Bundesliga! Hungarian Gyor reacted quickly after information that one of the best goalies on the planet, Katrine Lunde (34) won’t be able to help them in campaign for the European “hat-trick” due pregnancy. New member of the “green family” is Croatian goalkeeper Jelena Grubisic. She is coming from Slovenian TOP side RK Krim Mercator immediately as an replacement for the Norwegian “No.1” finds out Handball-Planet.com.Slovenian champion had a lot of financial troubles during the last season, so that makes this deal much more easier for both sides. Gyor will get fantastic goalkeeper with a lot of experience in the season, in which Grubisic will also going for the medal with Croatian team at Women’s EURO 2014 which is hosted by Croatia and Hungary.Gyor signed another Croatian player this summer – Vesna MIlanovic Litre, line-player. Jelena GrubicisJelena GrubisicJelena Grubisic gyor
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A survey of 895 workers in the finance and information technology industry has found that 72 per cent respondents believe certain ethnic groups are on the receiving end of ethnic stereotyping and racist attitudes. The survey conducted by Balance Recruitment found that workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China were more likely to encounter prejudice in hiring in Australia. “The issue of racism in hiring practices is significant, though the vast majority of clients do not discriminate on racial grounds,” Balance’s joint managing director Paul Foster said. Those who felt racism was a major issue came from backgrounds including Anglo-Saxon, African and Asian. Eight per cent of respondents believe ethnic stereotyping was warranted.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – Magnetic Media has been contacted by family who say they need more information on the case and a person who claims to have information that supports the death of the tourist man at the Seven Stars resort late Saturday night was not a suicide. Now, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is also saying the man “fell” from the building and an investigation is launched into details of how that may have happened. Authorities in media reports reveal that several witnesses including the man’s wife have been questioned. General Manager of Seven Stars resort, Ken Patterson is already on record protesting that this was not a suicide but instead a “grave accident.” Related Items:ken patterson, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, seven stars resort, suicide Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commish
IF YOU GOInternational Basketball League Championship game: Vancouver Volcanoes (14-6) vs. Edmonton Energy (15-6), 1 p.m. today at O’Connell Center, Clark College.Tickets: $10.The fireworks may come a day early for the Vancouver Volcanoes. After stampeding through the first two rounds of the International Basketball League playoffs, they now find themselves one win away from their first championship, and haven’t shown too many signs of vulnerability. Just look to Saturday’s 105-96 victory over the top-seeded Bellingham Slam at the O’Connell Sports Center for proof. The Volcanoes entered the semifinal contest after surviving the Portland Chinooks 105-98 Friday in a game that nearly got away from them. But they were supposed to win that one. The seedings said Saturday would yield a different result, but Vancouver (14-6) apparently neglected to take notice. The teams seemed evenly matched in the early going, with the score tied at 25-25 at the end of the first quarter. However, as the game progressed, so did the Volcanoes’ lead — albeit slowly. By halftime they led Bellingham (14-7) 45-42. At the end of the third quarter, they were up 69-64. Midway through the fourth? They had established a 16-point lead. Due to the holiday weekend, the Volcanoes bench was a bit thin, but the players on the floor more than made up for it. Even if they almost didn’t make it to the floor.Andre Murray, the Volcanoes’ leading scorer, nearly sat out due to a back spasm he suffered after landing awkwardly Friday. Instead, he gave Vancouver 18 points in 35 minutes.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Miramar has presented a high honor for esteemed businessman and president of Channel 7, Ed Ansin.Ansin was honored with a proclamation during the city’s commission meeting for his lifelong work in South Florida, Wednesday evening.“He stuck with us, he stuck with the city,” said Miramar City Manager Vernon Hargray. “If you take a look at the city, his footprint — we talk about the footprint in the sand — he’s the footprint in Miramar.”The city wanted to thank Ansin by recognizing Nov. 28 as “Edmund N. Ansin Day.”“When you think about Mr. Ansin’s legacy, especially as it relates to the City of Miramar, Miramar today would not be who we are without Mr. Ansin,” said Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam.Ansin contributed to dozens of developments throughout Broward County, paving the way for local leaders.The commission wanted to recognize many of Ansin’s business contributions and philanthropic work across South Florida, especially in Miramar, where he built a sports complex, an art gallery and the Miramar Park of Commerce, a project Ansin said he is most proud of. “I said this could be a very great place for a business park, and it turned out to be,” said Ansin.The business park boasts over 5 million square feet of office and industrial space.Ansin was surrounded by his family during the event.Photos were taken at the end of the ceremony to mark the start of an annual celebration.The City of Miramar said they wanted to recognize Ansin for his long-lasting commitment and dedication to enriching their community.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week. In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Tewksbury’s Joan Pastorella of Reliv International.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”
Ocean XPrize prototypes set to unveil deep-sea mysteries Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Schmidt Ocean Institute Thanks to some enterprising underwater explorers, I am now a firm believer that the sea floor contains portals to a Stranger Things-esque Upside Down.A team of researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute have been spending their days exploring the depths of the Gulf of California as part of the “Microbial Mysteries” expedition. Over the past month, the team has been sampling the area, snapping video from about 1.2 miles (approx. 2,000 meters) below the surface. In that time they’ve gathered data to detail the microbial communities and metabolism of the deep and gain a better understanding of how microbes live around hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.In the alien, extreme environment of the deep, it’s remarkable to see life thriving and using the nutrient-rich vents and seeps to keep themselves alive. But it was another geological formation, caused by an underwater volcano, that offered the biggest surprise.Using the Institute’s research vessel “Falkor” and their remotely piloted robotic explorer “ROV SuBastian”, researchers were able to discover new geological formations with “mirror-like flanges” — areas where fluid from hydrothermal vents collected in topsy-turvy pools. When chief scientist Mandy Joye spotted one of the unusual pools her jaw literally dropped.You can see a ton of amazing footage from the expedition, in 4K, below: It’s not all good news for the ocean floor though. “Unfortunately, even in these remote and beautiful environments we saw copious amounts of trash including fishing nets, deflated Mylar balloons, and even a discarded Christmas trees,” said Joye in a press release. “This provided a stark juxtaposition next to the spectacular mineral structures and biodiversity.”In some of the “highlights” garbage is scattered about the rocks and muddy soil. At one point in the video, the smiling face of Olaf, the snowman in Disney’s animated film Frozen, smiles back at the underwater camera. We have found plastic pollutes even the deepest point of the world’s oceans, so that’s not all that surprising — but it does cast a solemn pall over the Ocean Institute’s discoveries. Sci-Tech 9 Photos
Allen Moore is the 2018 Yukon Quest champion.Listen nowMoore has mushed himself into elite class of Yukon Quest champions. Moore joins John Schandlemier, Hans Gatt and Lance Mackey who have all won the Quest three or more times.Last year’s Quest winner Matt Hall crossed the finish line in second place this afternoon, followed by fellow veteran Laura Neese in 3rd. Musher Paige Drobny, who had maintained a strong second place for much of the race, dropped out in Carmacks this morning after attempting to travel to Braeburn yesterday. A Quest press release says she decided to turn back to keep her team happy and healthy. That brings the total number of mushers who have either scratched or been withdrawn from this year Quest to 12. The red lantern spot currently belongs to rookie Nathaniel Hamlyn, who left Pelly Crossing, over 200 miles from the finish, early this morning.
Google Assistant now introduces visual snapshot feature After conducting beta testing for over a month, Asus has reportedly commenced rolling out the Android Pie to the company’s two popular mid-range phones.As of now, Google’s sweet baked dish-flavoured mobile OS versions— 16.2017.1903.050 & 16.2018.1903.37— is now available to the Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) and the M2 (ZB632KL) series in India. Since it is being deployed in phases, the major Android update is expected to reach all corners of the country by the end of this week.In addition to new Android Pie, it comes with Google’s security patch to protect the devices from the latest malware threats. Google Android 9.0 Pie is now available to both Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and the Zenfone Max Pro M1.Android/Twitter (screen-grab)Here’s how to install Android Pie OTA on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2 series:1. Once you get new Android Pie update notification, select “Yes, I’m in”2. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”3. After the software is installed, your phone will restart automatically4. Your Asus phone is now updatedAndroid Pie: All you need to know Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with 6.2-inch full HD display with Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6 shield.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaIn addition to Google’s security patch, Android 9 Pie brings numerous new safety features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.After upgrading to the Android Pie, devices will restrict any apps accessing users’ phone microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.)The Pie update also brings important enhancements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing. It enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.Android 9 Pie also makes notifications more useful and offer actionable functionalities with conversations such as attach photos and stickers along with suggesting smart replies. Also, helps users get things done faster by predicting their next move and displaying the right action on the phone.The new System navigation system offers a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled).One of the major aspects of Android Pie is digital wellbeing. It brings Dashboard, which highlights screen time and phone usage including how many times the device has been unlocked and a number of notifications received so that they get an overview on how much obsessed with the phone. It also allows users to set App Timers to put limits on app usageAndroid Pie also comes with Wind Down and Do Not Disturb. With these features, users can set a daily schedule to get the phone ready for bed. Its screen fades to Grayscale, while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep. He/she can activate Do Not Disturb anytime they want to disconnect.Android Pie’s Slices feature identifies relevant information of users’ favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when they need themOther notable features include full-view screen friendly swipe-based navigation interface option, revamped setting drawer, adaptive battery and display, extend battery life and several others.Stay tuned. Follow us @IBTimesIN_Tech on Twitter and on Google News for the latest updates on Asus and Google Android Pie release schedules. Close
Close 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event Apple announced that it will be buying Intel’s cellular modem business for $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the last quarter of 2019. The acquisition would include a corporate exchange of about 2,200 employees from Intel with the transfer of IP and equipment to Apple.The envelope to the deal will enclose about 17,000 wireless patents on protocols for cellular standards, modem architecture, and operations. The deal also signs amendments stating that Intel will be allowed to develop modems for PCs, IoT devices and autonomous vehicles. An Intel sign is seen at the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP / JOSH EDELSONJOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesThe acquisition will allow Apple to build 5G modems for its smartphones rather than depending on Qualcomm for the hardware. The iPhone major though signed the deal with Intel; it will rely on Qualcomm’s hardware until the patent license agreement of six years between the two companies comes to an end.Apple had been using hardware from both, Intel and Qualcomm till last year when they closed a deal with Qualcomm to solely produce cellular modems for their devices. Intel had been struggling since then without any buyer for its products. Apple CEO Tim Cook launches the Apple March 2019 event. Courtesy apple.comApple had been trying to relieve itself from all third-party collaborations and focused on in-house manufacturing of the modems. It has been working on the modem technology for years through its research and development (R&D) centres in San Diego.According to some reports, the iPhone manufacturer will be able to complete its research and development to produce its own modems by 2022. So, there might be good news for the users as the research and development on modems might bring variations in the i-devices. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Rex W Tillerson US secretary of state Rex W Tillerson has said the United States will pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions on Myanmar, if the situation does not improve in Rakhine State, reports UNB.”Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable. The United States continues to support a credible, independent investigation to further determine all facts on the ground to aid in these processes of accountability,” he said in a press statement shared by the US Department of State on Wednesday.He said they support the Burmese government’s commitment to create the conditions necessary for all refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes safely and voluntarily, and welcome recent exchanges between the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on repatriation.”Support by Burma’s military for these government efforts is crucial. This is a difficult and complex situation. Many stakeholders must work together to ensure progress,” he said.The US Secretary of State said they have supported constructive action on the Rakhine crisis at the UN Security Council and in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.He visited Naypyidaw on 15 November where he met separately State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition as the elected government strives to implement reforms, bring peace and reconciliation to the nation, and resolve a devastating crisis in Rakhine State,” he said.The US Secretary of State said their first priority is to relieve the intolerable suffering faced by so many.In response to the dire situation, he announced last week an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the Rakhine State crisis, bringing the total amount spent in response to this crisis to more than $87 million since August of this year.He said Myanmar’s response to this crisis is vital to determining the success of its transition to a more democratic society.”As I said in Naypyidaw, the key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalised populations, such as the ethnic Rohingya and other minority populations,” said the US Secretary of State said.He mentioned that Myanmar’s government and security forces must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders, and hold accountable those who fail to do so.”I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of 25 August attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued,” reads the statement.These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to flee their homes in Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh, it reads.”After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” said the US Secretary of State.
The Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a charities walk for diabetes, scholarships, and the mission of their Ivy Vine Charities organization on Sept. 27 at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park, located at 1120 Jackson Road in Silver Spring, Md. Participants can register on-site at 7 a.m., warm-up at 7:50 a.m. and the walk will commence at 8 a.m. For more information, visit: www.ivyvinecharities.org.